My school's mission statement is to "cultivate active, innovative, and strategic thinkers in an environment that enables all students to be creative, productive problem solvers and successful individuals." This mission has become my goal every day. I am overjoyed to have had the opportunity to teach first graders the past six years, as I believe and know that even our youngest learners are capable, creative thinkers. I love the challenge that the new standards bring and the ways that technology is transforming our craft. Twenty-first century education starts now!